1. Mustard Oil – for external use only?
Under The Erucic Acid in Food Regulations 1977, the fatty acid content of edible oils and fats may not contain more than 5.0% erucic acid (C22-1). The erucic acid content of pure mustard seed oil is between 22% and 50%, considerably higher than the set limit and as a consequence the provisions of the General Product Safety Regulations 1994 must be followed. The Regulations indicate that a label bearing the warning, “For external use only” should appear on the product container.
2. Difference between Pure/Virgin/Organic/Raw?
We currently have four coconut oil products. Firstly, our 100% Pure Coconut Oil is a refined oil. As a result, this oil will not have the typical coconut taste and flavour. However, our 100% Virgin Coconut Oil is a cold pressed oil, squeezed from the flesh of the coconut and packed without further processing. The latter has a coconut taste and smell. The third product is the 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil which has similar characteristics with the Virgin Coconut Oil but it is Organic. Our fourth product is a raw coconut oil, which in essence means that the coconut flesh with its outer skin (not the shell) is cold pressed and no further processing is carried out, making it raw.
All KTC’s coconut oil is produced to meet the very highest EU standards and ethics as set out by the food accreditation bodies. KTC has two BRC Grade A manufacturing sites. In order to do this we have to prove we buy the raw material from a source that can demonstrate how it processes the coconuts. This happens before we pack it on site. This means that monkeys are not involved in the picking and processing of our coconut oil.
3. What is the refining process for the 100% Pure Coconut Oil?
For the KTC 100% pure coconut oil; it is a refined oil where any impurities in the raw material have been removed and it is not hydrogenated. The refining process for coconut oil is a physical process. The purpose of refining is to remove any impurities present in the raw material to produce 100% oil. The oil itself is not affected by the refining process.
Firstly, the raw material is pressed to extract crude fat. Then the crude fat undergoes three stages of processing during refining, detailed below.
The benefits of cold pressed coconut oil are:
No added ingredients
Unrefined and unbleached
Non-deodorised and non-hydrogenated
Free from trans-fats and GM ingredients
4. Is the almond oil refined?
Our KTC Almond Oil is made from 100% Californian Almonds (Prunus dulcis) and is fully refined. As a result, this oil has a pure, clean, neutral flavour making it suitable for a wide range of culinary and topical uses.